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11 Gay Soldiers Dismissed From Army In January

By March 12, 2009

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The Army discharged, I mean fired, 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that gives servicemembers the privilege of serving as long as they pretend they aren't gay.

"How many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?" Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, who heads the House panel on military spending, asked the Pentagon.

Apparently–given the Pentagon's historically lukewarm response on the issue–as many as it takes to Ahmadinejad the U.S. military of lesbians and gays.

The Pentagon sat on language in its Defense Department Instruction manual until 2006, when "homosexuality" was finally removed from its list of unsuitable soldiers. The American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from their list in 1973.

Rep. Moran has requested monthly updates from the Pentagon until "don't ask, don't tell" is repealed. In the 10 years between 1997 and 2007, nearly 10,000 service members have been fired for being gay and lesbian. The January discharges included an intelligence collector, a military police officer, four infantry personnel, a health care specialist, a motor-transport operator and a water-treatment specialist.

Since the "don't ask, don't tell" cop-out, I mean compromise, of 1993, Former President Bill Clinton has admitted that the move to keep gay soldiers in the closet was based on fallacy.

"There is no evidence to support a ban on gays in the military," Pres. Clinton told the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network.

In 2007, John Shalikashvili, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy was enacted, also came out against the ban he helped enact.

Convenient peddling as perfectly able soldiers go from protecting our soil to pushing unemployment papers. Rep. Moran's findings should be interesting the next time the Pentagon asks for more personnel, more time and, of course... more money.

According to an Associated Press report, President Barack Obama has begun consulting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen on how to lift the ban. The timing of a repeal is unknown.

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Comments
April 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(1) Tara says:

So wrong. I do hope this gets repealed in the future!

January 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(2) Ciera says:

This is wrong these people should not be forced to be something they’re not. This is their lives not the government’s. This is wrong and not fair.

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